Two Senior Army Officers Charged with RM1 Million CBT

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Two senior army officers were charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving funds of about RM1 million, four years ago.

National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) Military Training Academy director Lieutenant Colonel Azman Mohamad Yasin, 57; and the academy’s former commandant Brigadier General (Retired) Datuk Mohamad Adkaa Solahuddin, 63, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read separately to them before judge Mahyon Talib.

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Both of them, in their capacity as agents, allegedly committed the CBT by approving a RM500,000 investment from the academy’s charity funds for an unlicensed financial institution at the academy’s headquarters in Sungai Besi on Aug 3, 2016.

For the second charge, the two were accused of committing the same offence involving RM420,000 at the same place on Sept 23, 2016.

At the same time, Azman and Adkaa faced two alternative charges each for misappropriating RM500,000 and RM420,000 respectively at the same place and time.

The first and second charges were under Section 409 of the Penal Code, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping, and a liable fine, upon conviction.

The alternative charges under Section 403 of the Penal Code provides for imprisonment of up to five years and whipping, as well as a fine, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nur Shafini Mustafha offered RM100,000 bail in one surety to each of the accused.

“The bail is for all of the charges faced by the accused,” she said.

However, counsel Amiraizat Abdul Rani, who represented Azman, pleaded for minimum bail stating that his client suffers from heart disease and needs to support his family.

“My client is still in service and has four children, three of which are still studying. He has been indicted in the Military Court relating to this case,” he said.

Meanwhile, counsel Nor Asyikin Zakaria, who represented Adkaa, said her client had given full cooperation during the investigation.

“My client can only afford to pay RM15,000 bail today. I humbly ask the court to allow payment in instalments if the bail is higher (than the said amount),” she said.

The court set RM80,000 bail in one surety for each of the accused and fixed Dec 22 for mention.

The court also allowed Adkaa’s application for the bail to be paid in instalments; the RM15,000 is to be paid today while the rest must be settled before Dec 17. – NST